Come alive under countless fairy lights, as you unearth the gems in one of Auckland's most famed dining and entertainment precincts. Situated at the foot of the city's most recognisable landmarks, absorb the vivacious energy of Federal Street's bustling nightlife. No matter the occasion, mix and match spots to eat, drink, play and stay to create your ultimate night out on the town.
Travel to all four corners of the globe without needing your passport. Indulge your inner foodie with freshly shucked oysters at Al Brown's Depot, where demand for a seat is always high. Be transported to the lively food markets in Beijing when you step inside Huami, boasting traditional Chinese cuisine with a modern twist. Take your taste-buds on a tour of Spain at Peter Gordon's Bellota, well-known for their authentic tapas experience. Never been to South East Asia? Nibbling on one of the dishes from head chef Pan Sae Sue's hawker-style menu at Spice Alley is the next best thing. End your culinary tour of Federal Street at Nic Watt's MASU, who know how to deliver when it comes to contemporary Japanese robata cuisine.
If all that 'travelling' has left you thirsty, then allow us to introduce you to some of the liveliest bars on the inner-city strip. You'd be forgiven for feeling a little uneasy on your feet after sipping on one of The Glass Goose's signature cocktails. Our pick? The Mad Hatter's Tea Party will have you as giddy as the Hatter himself. If you lacked the foresight to book a table at Peter Gordon's The Sugar Club, then venture up the Sky Tower regardless and raise your champagne glass as you take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of the city. Round out your evening by parking up at contemporary Indian bar and restaurant, 1947, whose extensive cocktail menu will have you spoiled for choice.
Adventure abounds atop the Sky Tower, with your pick of adrenalin-fueled experiences. Capture last light by booking in for the last SkyWalk session of the day, and walk the 1.2-metre wide platform a dizzying 192 metres above ground. If you can't contain the dare devil within, secure your spot at the SkyJump, where you'll base-jump by wire off the tallest man-made structure in the country.
Offering unadulterated views of the Waitemata harbour, rest easy at the SKYCITY Grand. Enhance your stay by booking in for a luxury treatment at East Day Spa below, or take a dip in the 25-metre lap pool. For a more contemporary stay, head up to the SKYCITY Hotel and unwind in one of three premium room options.
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